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Annual Parish Meeting: Thursday 21st March, 7.30pm in Seacourt Hall (refreshments served from 7pm).
Please send any questions to the Parish Clerk by 12 noon on Tuesday 19th March to receive a reply at the meeting.
There will be updates on the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, plans for a replacement Pavilion, and progress on the Botley Centre redevelopment, but with so many things happening in and around the parish no doubt quite a few other topics will arise during the meeting. Remember, this is your chance as residents to set the agenda, and to discuss local issues that are of most importance to you personally. Come along on 21st March to find out more.
The latest plans for a new replacement Pavilion for the Louie Memorial Playing Fields were received at the weekend and put on public display on Sunday at our drop-in session at the Pavilion. If you didn’t get a chance to view them on Sunday you can see them at the Annual Parish Meeting on 21st March or view and download them here. These are the latest plans and we welcome your comments before they are submitted. Once the plans are submitted to the Vale District Council there will be a period for comments – look out for a notification on the website for the dates and process for your comments.
Changes to vehicle access via Westminster Way from 18th February for 2 to 3 weeks: Mace have sent an update newsletter to let residents know that vehicle access from Westminster Way to the temporary retail area at West Way Shopping Centre will be slightly reconfigured as part of drainage works. Please see Mace’s newsletter for further information and map.
For more information, you can contact SDC’s dedicated resident liaison phone on 07920 847 256. In case of an emergency, call 0845 838 7627.
Your Neighbourhood Plan is now open for consultation up to 27th March.
The North Hinksey Parish Neighbourhood Plan has recently taken another important step towards adoption. The Plan was approved by the Parish Council in November and then submitted to the Vale, where it has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure that all of the required content is in place within an appropriate structure.
Having overcome that hurdle the Vale are now carrying out the first stage of Independent Examination, which is a six week consultation running until the 27th March. All individuals and organisations that provided feedback in the public consultation last year (other than anonymous comments) have been sent a notification message outlining the process for making further comments about the submission version of the Plan.
Details of how to submit comments can be found on the Vale website along with copies of the main Plan documents. Hard copies of those documents are also available to view at both Botley Library and the Parish Council Office in Seacourt Hall throughout the consultation. In addition the Resources page of the Neighbourhood Plan website contains copies of all the Plan documents.
Mon 11th & Tues 12th Feb closure of walkway from Arthray Road. A message from the West Way construction team:
“The pedestrian walkway from Arthray Road to Church Way will be closed on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th February, while works to widen the walkway take place. Due to the nature of the works, it will not be possible to re-open the walkway overnight. It will therefore be closed completely from the morning of the Monday to the evening of the Tuesday.
The alternative route during this time will be the same as before, via Westminster Way. This will be signposted and banksmen will be in place during working hours to direct people.
There will be further closures in the coming months as the site team need to access the service lines below the walkway – we will of course notify you before these take place.”
Temporary Road Closure: North Hinksey Lane 11th-15th February. A request has been received from Thames Water for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of North Hinksey Lane whilst water mains works are carried out. Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. For details of the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic see the drawing. Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Thames Water.